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25 Years of Groundwork in North Wales

Groundwork was established over three decades ago in Merseyside to bring together communities, businesses and government to improve the quality of life and promote sustainable development in places that had become run-down and neglected.

Groundwork North Wales was established in 1991 In Wrexham, North Wales and began "changing places changing lives" by delivering local  environmental programmes.

By 2000, we had grown and diversified into new programmes meaning our remit extended to include health, education, training, volunteering and employment.

Our continuing success meant we started to run larger more diverse  programmes like the 3rd sector strand of Jobs Growth Wales challenging unemployment and lack of skills. And, as tackling climate change climbed higher up the political agenda we began delivering Green Energy programmes across the region.

Today, Groundwork North Wales covers all of north and mid Wales.  We're committed to taking practical action to build stronger communities with better local environments, to tackle climate change and combat fuel poverty, to improve skills and get people back into work and to inspire the next generation of community champions and green leaders.

Groundwork is a constantly evolving organisation, meeting the changing needs of communities and the changing political and funding environment.Now, as we were 25 years ago, we are taking practical action to change places and change lives.

Here are just a small selection of programmes and projects that we have been proud to deliver over the last 25 years:

  • Planting 10,000 trees at Bonc yr Hafod, Wrexham transforming it into a Country Park
  • Developing a Sensory Garden Wrexham Maelor Hospital
  • Delivering our Celtic Heritage and Culture programme at Legacy
  • Improving Industrial Estate frontages in partnership with the Welsh Development Agency
  • Running Walkabout Wrexham & Flintshire - tackling inactivity with disadvantaged groups. (2001/2)
  • Tackling unhealthy eating and lack of activity in school age children with Roots to Healthy Hearts. (2004)
  • Developing Pedal Power, an accessible all ability cycling service (2005)
  • Improving School Grounds across North Wales (2008)
  • Setting up a Community Garden Network across Wrexham and Flintshire.(2011)
  • Helping organisations achieve the Green Dragon Environmental Standard.  (2010)
  • Delivering the Welsh Government's Jobs Growth Wales programme across North Wales creating new employment opportunities for young people (2013)
  • Developing and improving  community spaces through the M&S Greener Living Spaces (2009)
  • Community engagement with the Cadbury Spots vs Stripes initiative. (2012)
  • Transform Your Patch, a high profile, campaign led byBritvic and Pepsi Co in partnership with Groundwork, helped to transform outdoor spaces across the UK. (2012)
  • Improving  health and wellbeing through Go Green 4 Health (2014)
  • Delivering multiple Green Team Traineeship Programmes providing opportunities for young people aged 16-24 ( 2016)

Karen Balmer,  CPFA ,Chief Executive  of Groundwork North Wales said 'This is a very special year for Groundwork North Wales as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and we have come a long way since our beginnings.
'Looking back over the growth and development of Groundwork during the last three decades, it has been very encouraging to see how we have helped individuals and communities overcome challenging circumstances and transformed lives and communities. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 25 years and helped us deliver positive change across North Wales.'